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Missionaries Glesmann and Holste visit Mission Central

It was about 20 years ago when Old Missionary Gary met Herb and Marianne Glesmann in Omaha, Nebraska at their church.  As soon as Gary met them he knew immediately that they were NOT NORMAL!  This special friendship began and over the years it has only gotten stronger and stronger. Now, you have to know that now Herb and Marianne…

Ford family visits Mission Central

                      September 24th, 2018 was indeed a special day!  For many times, that Old Missionary Gary and Missionary Brent have visited at Redeemer Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa…they noticed setting there were missionaries Chuck and Gloria Ford!  They always wanted to come and see the Lord’s Mission Central. When their…

LWML Rally at Mission Central

It was indeed one of those SPECIAL NOT NORMAL DAYS, that the Lord had prepared for us all here at Mission Central, when a full house program was held at the LWML Fall Rally for the Iowa District West.  Dr. Jane Morris, President called the meeting to order at 9:30AM and the first event was the singing of Angela Rosener…

Ben Helge from the Czech Republic comes to Mission Central

  What an amazing blessing to have the honor and privilege of working with missionaries like Veteran Missionary Ben Helge from the Czech Republic.    Ben and two of his Czech friends came to report at Mission Central on September 22nd, 2018, as a part of the wonderful Fall LWML Rally for the Iowa District West.    Yes, Ben and…

Wolf family visits Mission Central from Kenya

  September 19th was a special day for us here at the Lord’s Mission Central, as John Wolf and his entire family came here to visit and report to some very, very special people. It was a very NOT NORMAL day to welcome the Wolf family, but what was amazing was the people who came, and they truly were people…

Wayside Chapel wedding on September 15th

  When Mikayla Snow was just a little girl, her Mom, Tammy Snow, brought her to Mission Central and she saw the little wayside prayer chapel.  She never forgot and her real dream was to someday be married in the little Wayside Prayer Chapel at the Lord’s Mission Central. That’s exactly what happened at 6:30PM on September 15th, 2018.  Mikayla’s…

Special surprise for the LWML rally at Mission Central

  What a blessing to see that the Lord has provided an AMAZING MIRACLE for the special Fall LWML Rally at the Lord’s Mission Central. One of our VERY, VERY NOT NORMAL FAMILES has provided a HUGE COLLECTION of Christmas ornaments that will be offered at the Lord’s Mission Central on September 22nd, 2018. The donor does NOT WANT anyone…

Special friends from Daykin and Howells, Nebraska come to Mission Central

  There are special friends that come from all over the United States to visit this MIRACLE PLACE called Mission Central. Our friendship with Marvin and Delores Kugel began more than 20 years ago, when the Lord allowed Old Missionary Gary to speak at their rural church near Daykin, Nebraska and at that time the Honorable Missionary Pastor Rev. Rick…

Rev. Gary Schuschke, missionary to Germany, visits Mission Central

Here at the Lord’s Mission Central we get to see amazing MIRACLES, and one of them just happened on the 8th of September.  We were honored to welcome our new missionary being called to Trinity Lutheran Church at Frankfurt, Germany, the Honorable Missionary Rev. Gary Schuschke from Oviedo, Florida, where he served as the shepherd of that congregation for 17…

West Point students come to Mission Central

What blessing to see two school buses come from West Point, Nebraska to bring the students from St. Paul Lutheran School for a day trip to Mission Central. This was one of the best groups that we have had here at Mission Central, as the students were so respectful and well behaved.  Yes, they were able to see the story…

Orphan Grain Train officials come to Mission Central

  It was indeed a very, very, very special day.  Yes, a group of our very dear friends and co-workers for the Lord Jesus, the leadership people of the Orphan Grain Train from Norfolk, Nebraska came on Tuesday morning the 28th of August to visit Mission Central to discuss a wonderful new partnership between Mission Central and the Orphan Grain…

Volunteer from Schleswig, Iowa joins Mission Central

                      We are always AMAZED at how our Lord sends special people at “just the right time” to help with HIS work here at HIS Mission Central. Recently, when Old Missionary Gary was speaking at Schleswig, Iowa Missionary Cynthia Ernst walked up and handed him a resume, and we were…

Amazing 1917 electric car visits Mission Central

  When the Honorable Missionary Dr. John Nikodym called from Red Cloud, Nebraska we had NO IDEA what he was bringing with him on his trip to the world famous Mission Central!  We knew that he and his friend, Missionary Myron Smith were going to stop for a tour and visit at the Lord’s Mission Central, but had ABSOLUTELY no…

Rev. Dennis and Barb Angland visit Mission Central

  Yes, the long time friendships are a special blessing in this life, and about 24 years ago, Old Missionary Gary had the privilege of meeting Rev. Dennis and Barb Angland at Emmetsburg, Iowa at St. Paul Lutheran Church. They were called to Russia to serve the Lord Jesus there, and what a blessing it was to work with this…

Sharp and Wood families visit Mission Central

  It was truly a special evening on August 22nd, 2018 to welcome two special families that came to visit this MIRACLE PLACE! Rev. James Sharp and his wonderful family came all the way from Uruguay South America to tell of their work and outreach programs in this land of darkness.  They were here on vacation and were staying with their…

New staff member: Kristin Kaldahl

  The Lord keeps sending us new Staff people and today on the 21st of August the Lord sent us Kristin Kaldahl from Spencer, Iowa.  Yes, we were worried about help for our Volunteer E-Mail Specialists, and the Lord sent Kristin from Spencer at “just the right time”. Kristin is the wife of the very famous Missionary Pastor Rev. Dr….

Not Normal friends come from Randolph, Nebraska

  The Lord has every single day and hour planned in our lives!  Sometimes we forget that.  That is what happened on August the 21st, 2018.  Yes, as Old Missionary Gary was walking around the grounds of the Lord’s Mission Central, a very strange pickup pulled up and two NOT NORMAL people walked over to pray in the little wayside…

Friends from Omaha and Council Bluffs come to Mission Central

It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon on August 19th, 2018, when the Lord sent members from Faith Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa and special friends from Omaha. Yes, Pastor Ron Rosenkaimer and his dear wife Maureen and their son and members of their congregation came from Council Bluffs, and also our dear friends Bart and Maggie came from Omaha….

Rev. Michael Schempf and Karen come to Mission Central

Monday the 13th of August was indeed a special day…in that we had the honor and privilege of welcoming our newest missionaries that have been CALLED to serve the Lord Jesus in Uganda East Africa. Rev. Michael and Karen Schempf will be serving the Lord Jesus in the Seminary there in Uganda, and will be “teaching and equipping the saints”…

Lutheran High Northeast comes to Mission Central

Yes, August 13th was indeed a special day here at Mission Central.  We were able to welcome 20 of the Senior High Students here from Lutheran High Northeast at Norfolk, Nebraska.  These students and their teachers were here for the day, and you see their picture that was taken in front of our sign here at Mission Central. This group…

Special friends from Elkhorn and Hooper come to Mission Central

  For a group to come on a Sunday afternoon, when they could be resting or taking a nap, you just gotta know that these folks are truly NOT NORMAL! What a blessing to welcome members of Lord of Life Lutheran Church from Elkhorn, Nebraska and special friends from Hooper, Nebraska….yes, it was indeed a very, very special afternoon at…

Four missionaries report at Mission Central

Do you want to see a picture of a group of amazing NOT NORMAL people?  Well take a look at these following two pictures! Yes, on August 11th, 2018, we were so blessed to have four of our dear Veteran Missionaries come to report in person to a huge, huge, huge Crowd of people at this MIRACLE PLACE! Rev. Eric…

Dr. Carl Petersen provides ribs for Mission Central

Wow, you can’t imagine the JOY in our hearts when we were able to see a real MIRACLE unfold in that the world famous chef and super star rib preparer, the Honorable Missionary Chef Dr. Carl Petersen from South Sioux City, Nebraska came and made the entire meal here at Mission Central for over a hundred NOT NORMAL people on August…

Young missionaries come from York, Nebraska

A NORMAL young couple with 3 little children just couldn’t take a Thursday and drive to a place in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa….to an old set of farm buildings….that just doesn’t happen with Normal people! HOWEVER, we have found that the Lord CALLS NOT NORMAL people to HIS Mission Central at “just the right…

Couple from Tecumseh visits Mission Central on motorcycle

It was about 24 years ago that Old Missionary Gary had the privilege and honor of meeting Missionaries Fred and Petey Pooch from Tecumseh, Nebraska!  He knew then as he knows now, that this family was truly NOT NORMAL!  Fred and Petey had a full, full understanding that we must send missionaries to the lands of darkness, where they didn’t know our…

Missionary Rev. Arthur Rickman from Panama visits

  What a JOY and blessing to have Rev. Arthur Rickman, our new missionary going to Panama come and spend a couple of days here at the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, on August 3rd and 4th, Rev. Rickman came to report to a large crowd of people on August 4th, 2018. What a blessing to hear “first hand” what the…

Group from St. John in Newhall, Iowa comes to Mission Central

  It was “ONE OF THOSE SPECIAL DAYS” at the world famous Lord’s Mission Central.  God truly CALLS special people to come to this MIRACLE PLACE!  On August 4th, 2018, it was one of those days that we will never, never, never forget. About 20 years ago, Rev. Steve Rempfer, a truly NOT NORMAL pastor allowed an unschooled, uneducated layman…

Group from Holy Savior in Lincoln, Nebraska comes to Mission Central

  What a blessing to welcome the members of Holy Savior Lutheran Church from Lincoln, Nebraska to the Lord’s Mission Central!  Yes, on August 4th, 2018, what a blessing to welcome the members of this wonderful congregation for a day Mission Tour. This group arrived in the morning and had the privilege of experiencing the Lord’s Creation Theater, and the…

Not Normal family comes from Des Moines

  The only kind of people that come to the Lord’s Mission Central are NOT NORMAL PEOPLE!  How many times have you heard that???  Yes, what a blessing that the Lord sends special families that don’t care how far they drive….they just want to come and hear about Jesus and HIS mission! About 20 years ago old Missionary Gary had…

People from several Iowa towns come to Mission Central

It was a Wednesday…the middle of the week…on August 1st, 2018…YES, and it was an afternoon, and no overseas missionaries here…who would come?  Just special people who are truly NOT NORMAL would visit the Lord’s Mission Central on a day like this. This group came and what a JOY to have a special group like this….they so much enjoyed The Lord’s Creation Theater and…

Visitors from Denison, Storm Lake and Saginaw, Michigan

  It was another one of those busy, busy days at the Lord’s Mission Central, and we find that people come from all over for special tours and discussions here at this MIRACLE PLACE. On July 31st, we were so happy to welcome some special guests.  Yes, Rev. James Kruger from Saginaw, Michigan came to visit and brought along his…

Not Normal pastor and his family come to Mission Central

    It was one of those special days…a day we will long, long, long remember.  It was a Saturday on the 28th of July, 2018.  A day for making memories… From the very first time that Old Missionary Gary met Rev. Steve Schulz he could tell that this guy was truly NOT NORMAL…and when he met his wife Sue,…

God sends special helper to work on adoption agreements

 The Lord seems to always “RAISE UP” the right people at just the right time.  We needed some volunteer help to assist in the updating and printing of our Official Adoption Agreements for all of the LCMS Missionaries that we support here at the Lord’s Mission Central. God sent Cindy Gray from Deloit, Iowa to fill that need and Cindy…

TWO SPECIAL GRANDMOTHER MISSIONARIES COME

It was an afternoon event for two special grandmothers that brought their grandchildren to Mission Central for an afternoon tour.  Yes, Grandmother Sharon and Grandmother Glenda brought their grandchildren to the Lord’s Mission Central for them to hear the story of the 6th day of Creation and also the story of “The word became flesh and dwelt among us”.  This…

Pastors from Illinois and Mississippi visit Mission Central

  July 23rd, 2018 was a very, very busy day with tour groups in the morning, afternoon and evening! We are so blessed to have pastors come from all over the United States to witness the MIRACLES of what God has done here at HIS Mission Central! In the tour groups of this Monday, we had Rev. Eric Wood and…

The Trinklein missionary family from Korea visits

TRINKLEIN FAMILY FROM KOREA PRESENT AT MISSION CENTRAL: Our long, long time friends the Rev. Hans Trinklein family from Korea came to present at Mission Central on July 21st, 2018.  Yes, the former Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church at Pierce, Nebraska came with his family and what a great program they produced.   A large group of people came and Pastor…

The Rabe missionary family visits from Ethiopia

  Rev. Mark Rabe and his dear wife Stephanie and their children came to Mission Central on July 21st, 2018 to share their story and how the Lord is using them to teach and equip the pastors, teachers, leaders and evangelists in the fastest growing area for Christianity in the entire world.  Pastor Rabe teaches in the seminary of the…

Holtzen family comes to Mission Central

  What a JOY and blessing to welcome the Marvin Holtzen Family all the way from Nebraska.   Yes, Marv Holtzen and his family came from Geneva and Davenport, Nebraska to visit Mission Central on July 19th, 2018, and what a JOY to welcome the family here.  Yes, Mar’s daughter, Joni, and her family came and the family had their picture…

David Martens and family visit Mission Central

  Yes, MIRACLES keep on happening in the world, but we just say “BOY YOU ARE LUCKY AND ISN’T THAT SOMETHING!” David and Karen Martens have experienced a REAL MIRACLE in their lifetime and in their family!  Yes, old Missionary Gary has had the privilege of knowing Dave and Karen for many, many, many years.  Dave was “struggling” with a…

Rev. Greg Shaffer and family comes to Mission Central

  What a blessing to welcome Rev. Shaffer and his entire family to Mission Central on July 19th, 2018.  Yes, all the way from St. Peter Lutheran Church at Davenport, Nebraska…this dear pastor and his entire family came to see what God can do in the middle of nowhere in the hills of western Iowa. Old Missionary Gary on June…

Amazing youth and adults come to Mission Central

  What a JOY to welcome some very, very, very NOT NORMAL people who came from all over the mid-west to spend their day on July 19th at the world famous Mission Central!!! Yes, here you see in THE LORD’S CREATION THEATER, some very, very not normal people. These three pictures exemplify the type of people that the Lord sends…

Mission Central welcomes Rev. John Fale and Rev. Bob Zagore

  On July 14th, 2018 at our Annual Volunteer Meeting at Mission Central we were so blessed to welcome two special guests. First, Rev. John Fale, with his picture taken with our Boss in the background was one of our featured speakers, and what a blessing have him announce that effective this fall he will be joining our Volunteer Staff…

Volunteer staff at Mission Central

  How in the world do you take a picture of about 100 people in front of a barn in the middle of nowhere in the hills of Western Iowa? The Lord can send a volunteer professional photographer from Ames, Iowa and he can come and get the job done!  That’s exactly what happened on July 14th, 2018 at Mission…

Andrew Schaff and Faith Lutheran from Holstein, Iowa come to Mission Central

    It was Sunday Afternoon on July the 15th….and the wonderful new congregation of the AALC from Holstein, Iowa, Faith Lutheran Church brought their adults and students from their VBS to present to Missionary Teacher, Andrew Schaff a special gift of love from their VBS offerings. Andrew Schaff and his wife Noel, have served the Lord Jesus at Concordia…

Approximately 100 people attend annual meeting at Mission Central

It was such a blessing and JOY to again provide a special meal and special meeting for the 103 Volunteer Staff members of the Lord’s Mission Central located in the hills of Western Iowa! July 14th, 2018 will be a day we will all long, long remember!  God brought together HIS SPECIAL NOT NORMAL VOLUNTEERS that so faithfully serve the…

Annual meeting brings together our wonderful typing staff!

  What a JOY and blessing to have the privilege of having a meeting with nearly all of our Volunteer Typists that God has CALLED to help with HIS work at Mission Central!  Some of the members of our Volunteer Typist group could not be here as a result of other appointments. However, on July 14th, 2018, what a JOY…

Jungemann children come to Mission Central

  What a blessing it was to have the entire family of the Jungemann Family here at Mission Central on July 14th, 2018 for our ANNUAL VOLUNTEER MEETING.  Yes, mom and dad Jungemann would be so dog-gone proud of their four children.  Yes, Wayne Jungemann, from Columbus, Nebraska and his 3 sisters all came to be a part of Mission Central’s…

Three not normal people from Atkins, Iowa come to Mission Central

  On the afternoon of July 12th, we were so blessed at Mission Central to have some very, very NOT NORMAL people come and visit the Lord’s Mission Central!  These were special friends from Atkins, Iowa, and what a blessing and encouragement to have them stop. Brian Voss came with his mom and dad, and Brian called and wanted to…